It's a brand new year, and we've wasted no time getting back to work making the AppleTV even more awesome. As a result, we're happy to present you with a fresh, new version of aTV Flash (black) which features a number of great new things including: video zoom options, grid view watched icons, quick access to recently visited pages, improved support for subtitles, and a truckload of other improvements and bug fixes.

Full details on what's new and how to update can be found below.

New Zoom Options

Three all new zoom options (Normal, Crop, and Stretch) allow you choose how videos are displayed. You can keep videos in their native format (widescreen or pillar box) or crop/stretch them to fill the entire screen. 

Grid View Watched Indicators

Watched indicator icons have been added to the grid view. These icons allow you to quickly see which content is new and ready to be enjoyed. (Note: These can be disabled through the Media --> Settings menu if desired)

Recently Visited Pages

Couch Surfer now displays thumbnail images in the 'top shelf' area of the main menu, which allows you to quickly get back to recently viewed pages.

Full Changelog

  • Added video zoom options (available through Playback Menu)
  • Added watched indicators to grid view
  • Added 'Recently Visited' section to Browser top shelf
  • Added support for MicroDVD .SUB files
  • Added screensaver during pause
  • Added file delete option
  • Added activity indicator for metadata clearing
  • Added 'tune' icon placeholder for audio files without metadata
  • Added episode number to the fetched name the list view
  • Added Reload Metadata' option in contextual menu for folders
  • Added 'no items' message to the 'Unwatched' filter of the list view
  • Added gray ticket image caching
  • Added loading screen when opening Manage Extras menu
  • Improved scrubber bar logic
  • Improved audio feedback for watched and pre-playback screens
  • Improved poster loading for large folders
  • Improved support for DVDs without menus
  • Improved subtitle support for right-to-left languages (e.g. Hebrew)
  • Improved installer device detection
  • Resolved minor memory management issues
  • Resolved issues with subtitles settings while playing a playlist
  • Resolved issues with yellow subtitles displayed for movies converted with Handbrake
  • Resolved conflicts with default audio player
  • Resolved issues with passwords that contain @ symbols
  • Resolved issues with metadata loading for files that contain '/' in folder or file name
  • Resolved buffer overflow in libafpclient observed when navigating folders with long names
  • Resolved issues with installer Bonjour detection
  • Resolved rare crashes during web browsing
  • Changed metadata format to S.# / Ep.# for TV Shows
  • Disabled metadata processing during movie playback
  • Corrected audio feedback when pressing Menu while in grid view
  • Minor UI improvements
  • Other miscellaneous bug fixes

Fantastic! Where can I get it?

If you're already running a version of aTV Flash (black) the new 1.2 version can be installed through the Maintenance --> Manage Extras menu. Links for the new version can also be found in your account under the Downloads tab.

If you're not yet using aTV Flash (black) you can get started here.

Enjoy. :-)


Submitted by Anon on January 26, 2012 - 11:12am

I've been using it is in the XBMC Doplnky Repository and it works perfect. The only down fall is the menue is in Czech and so are the movie titles. It show the movie covers so I changed the view so it only shows the movie covers. almost all the movies are in English and some are in English with Czech subtitles. It tells you the size of the source so if you play the ones that are 4GB and higher it will buffer.

Submitted by terryn.9532 on January 26, 2012 - 12:15pm

Ok, so the ability to zoom in on 4:3 videos?


I understand it is supposed to be in the playback menu - so when a video is playing, hold the middle button. This brings up the "Chapters, Audio Track, Subtitles" option along the top, but the option shown in the photo above for Zooming isn't there. Any suggestions?

Submitted by lucdesaulniers on January 26, 2012 - 3:21pm

Sorry, double post.

Submitted by lucdesaulniers on January 26, 2012 - 6:15pm

Last week I posted a message stating that I just could not jailbreak the ATV2 even if I was following all the instructions. I also have an ATV1 which I jailbroked very easily a few years back with Firecore. I have a piece of advice to all who have problems: get yourself a quality USB cable. Yes, it worked only after trying with the third cable. But that one, I bought on Amazon, at 7$, for a USB cable! 7$. Well it worked first shot, as easily as it was supposed to be. Sorry James for not believing in you for a fraction of a second (well, maybe a little longer that that.) And thanks.

Submitted by Anon on January 27, 2012 - 1:22am

Hi James.
Does the media player need an specific resolution to play VIDEO_TS?

Submitted by Anon on January 27, 2012 - 5:44pm

Hello, the aTV flash is great, thanx for it.
But i am missing a very big feature.
As many people i've put my music on an NAS, all the music is in separate folders (artist->albums->music files). Now i'm missing the shuffle function !!! I know that it's possible to shuffle the music in one folder, but i want to shuffle all the music i have. It is not practical to put all my music in one folder there your'e never gonna find your music back ! I (and a lot of people) would love a shuffle function for folders with subfolder.....

Submitted by Anon on January 28, 2012 - 8:55pm

is there any way i can install the 1.1 have too many problem on 1.2

Submitted by thijsvanzwam on January 29, 2012 - 3:09am

i still have the problem that when i watched a VIDEO_TS movie with media player and i press menu to go back, the movie starts over. when i press and hold the menu button it does the same.


the movie stops, it says "buffering" and then it starts from the beginning. 

Submitted by Ploeter on January 29, 2012 - 11:51am


I have a question which is probably been asked before but just to be sure:...


When I play a DVD file (like VIDEO_TS) can I add external subtitles with .SRT?

I know how  to do it with MKV files and so but is it possible with DVD Files?


Kind regards,



Submitted by Ploeter on January 29, 2012 - 11:53am

same problem => I solve it by pressing menu a couple of times quickly in a row... finally it jumps out of the movie...

Submitted by james on January 30, 2012 - 9:09am

If you DVD files do not contain menus, you can press and hold the menu button to directly exit the movie.

Submitted by james on January 30, 2012 - 9:09am

Are you running the latest 1.2 version?

Which version of AppleTV software are you running?

Submitted by tomjlee on January 30, 2012 - 10:50am

I've been using the aTV Flash (black) for over a year and I absolutely love it.  The latest version 1.2 is fantastic.  

I've also enjoyed using the newest version of Media Player.  However, I'm experiencing a very, very minor audio pause or break (probably milliseconds) when I'm watching VOB (DVD format) files from my NAS.  This extremely short pause in audio happens throughout the movie - probably every 10-15 minutes.  I know for a fact that it isn't an issue with my wireless connection since the I'm using 5GHz setting with the router and my NAS being within 3 feet from my ATV.

Have other people experienced this particular problem?  The problem isn't anything major but it can at times be a little annoying.


Submitted by GoPronto on January 31, 2012 - 2:51am

im getting the same drop outs with VOB files, but i have a hard wired network connection and a 1 GB network switch with a Nas drive with a  1GB port

Submitted by Anon on January 31, 2012 - 8:49am

Is it possible to get more than one subtitle to a movie. I'm danish and my girlfriend is norweigian - so we would like the option to switch between subtitles...

Submitted by timh.6767 on February 1, 2012 - 10:51pm

I third the request for Spotify!

Submitted by Anon on February 2, 2012 - 6:57am

Solution to Jailbreaking problems so you can install ATV Flash.

I tried jailbreaking my ATV2 last night for over an hour on my iMac and then on a WIN laptop. Neither worked. I couldn't get them to go into DFU mode. I only could if I had the power cable plugged in too. However keeping it plugged in through the whole jailbreak process didn't work either.

Here is the simple fix. Plug in the power cable at the beginning of the process. Once you get the ATV2 in DFU mode (watch the screen) after holding the remote buttons for about 7 seconds immediately remove the power cord from the ATV2. That did the trick. Then installing ATV Flash was a breeze.

Good luck.

Submitted by Cheguan1848 on February 2, 2012 - 11:03am

I have an iPhone 4s and I am trying to mirror the phone image on the TV and I can't. I am only able to mirror the photos and the video but not a full mirror of the phone's image.

Please help.


Submitted by james on February 2, 2012 - 4:48pm

Unfortunately SRT files cannot be used with DVD (VIDEO_TS) files.

Submitted by james on February 2, 2012 - 4:48pm

Coming in the next version. :)

Submitted by adrianamos on February 2, 2012 - 8:05pm

After a turbulent beta/development process aTV Flash has really come of age. I'm glad I hang in there despite some earlier frustrations as I can now enjoy a media streamer as it should be for mac. Great work guys!

Submitted by ChUsMaN on February 3, 2012 - 11:03am

Was it possible that when you play a series or film, will be automatically downloaded the subtitle opensubtitles or other service?
Thank you!

Submitted by james on February 3, 2012 - 11:55am

Thanks! Glad to hear you're enjoying it. :)

Submitted by nlecam on February 5, 2012 - 7:15am

Hi folks,

Any chance the future update will allow to connect to a VPN ?

Netflix addicts, the ones out of the USA, would be thrilled !

Thank you i

Submitted by Anon on February 5, 2012 - 8:21am

It would be nice to have in the music player a "genre" option and a shuffle option.

Submitted by krzywy on February 6, 2012 - 12:46am

Problem with Browser
I can not add pages to Bookmars The other websites I have no problem.

Submitted by davidb.1496 on February 8, 2012 - 9:22am

I do. Off my root I have




\TV Shows\


Then I just do a "Favorite" link to each.


Submitted by davidb.1496 on February 8, 2012 - 9:22am


Good feature.

Not a deal breaker but it would be very nice.

Submitted by davidb.1496 on February 8, 2012 - 9:36am

Maybe this feature is in there - but I can't find it.

Within my "KIDS MOVIES" folder, I have a sub folder for one of their TV shows that I ripped to M4v.

The kids movie folder is "grid" and I set this sub folder to be "TV Shows" with List view.

It looks great initially - everything is organized right from what i can tell but I have 2 suggestions :

1) Thumbnail is identical to every episode (basically the DVD cover). My kids can't read yet so this is a problem for them to find their favorite episodes. An option to use a poster frame (x minutes or % into the video) would be amazing.

2) I use the .s01.e01 file naming business - but there really is no need to actually see that in the list text. Stripping out that out would be great (perhaps using the episode number for the list number?).


Submitted by Anon on February 9, 2012 - 3:23am

I second that!

Submitted by Anon on February 9, 2012 - 3:31am

I don't see how that service would help using Netflix app on ATV2?

Submitted by Anon on March 25, 2012 - 12:25pm

any way to force the apple TV to display all resolutions at all times in the resolutin menu? when i have it connected directly to my 1024x768 projector, it auto senses properly. when i run the out thru a DVI / HDMI / component in switchbox, the switchbox communicates only true HD resolutions (1080p, 720p, etc) to the ATV, and the resolutions menu on the ATV hides the needed 1024 resolutions.

Submitted by Anon on April 14, 2012 - 10:17am

would be great to be able to occlude some folders from the "recently watched" because when i watch adult content, then it sticks there.. :D seriously.